Melvyn Bragg’s Radio Four programme on the history of ideas, In Our Time, rarely fails to be interesting and provocative. This week the topic is ‘materialism’. Not the worrying trend to dribble over the latest Apple hardware (I stand guilty), but the well-grounded notion that the universe contains only physical matter, not non-corporeal entities like the spirit (and perhaps, to an extent, dreams and beliefs). Do you have free will? Don’t be silly. Click here and let Baron Bragg screw with your head.
By the way, the OED lists Melvyn Bragg as the first person to use the word ‘prat’ in the sense of ‘muppet’/’eejit’/’pillock’. There appears to be no end to the man’s talents.[audio:http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/radio4/iot/iot_20080424-1130.mp3]